THOUGHTCRIME  1:06 pm April 10, 2012

Baseball Person Suspended For Having Political Opinion For Which Miami Cubans Do Not Care

by Rebecca Schoenkopf

Burn themSo let’s see what did Ozzie Guillen say about ruthless bloodthirsty dictator Fidel Castro? That he should execute more people and have more political prisoners, right? And that Miami Cubans are bullshit? Something like that? Let’s have a look!

Usually defiant in the face of criticism, Guillen has instead sounded remorseful and said he’s had difficulty sleeping since a Time magazine online story that ran Friday quoted him as saying, “I love Fidel Castro.”
Later in the story he added, “I respect Fidel Castro. You know why? A lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 60 years, but that (expletive) is still here.”

Really? That’s it? And he has been suspended for five games because that is the same as loving Hitler? Well … huh.

Your editrix was once a 27-year-old bleach blonde being plied with cocaine by old Frenchmen in Los Angeles time machine French restaurant Taix, when she started in a-chatting with two sharp-suited Afro-Cubans who in turn immediately started in with how Castro kills you if you don’t vote for him. She was pleasantly surprised to hear that Castro even bothered with elections, and said she thought that sounded terribly democratic of him, and then they huffed off all butthurt because she was kind of being a disingenuous (but hilarious!) dick. Then the Salvardorean bartender leaned over and murmured “Miami Cubans are bullshit,” and bought her a strawberry margarita. And then he bought her another.

Anyway, viva Fidel! And he will, because as the CIA and the Bacardi family know, that old fucker just cannot be killed! [USAToday]

 
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Maman April 10, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Bet Ozzie wishes he was back in Chicago now!

boobookitteh April 10, 2012 at 1:17 pm

In the same interview he apparently said that it was easier to get animal blood for his Santeria rites in Chicago. In Florida, he's had to kill his own animals.

An interesting, if slightly o/t, tidbit.

Maman April 10, 2012 at 1:35 pm

This doesn't surprise me in the slightest. There are markets where you can get fresh killed poultry. Near where I live there are Muslim places where they practice halal butchery. There are places further south of me that are Hispanic and rumour has always been that they are Santeria oriented. We have avoided those.

boobookitteh April 10, 2012 at 1:42 pm

That makes sense. Although, obviously, as a cat, I have strong ant- animal sacrifice opinions.

Maman April 10, 2012 at 1:47 pm

unless it is fish or chicken, no doubt.

Chet Kincaid April 10, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Kenny Williams is beside himself with schadenfreude and relief that this is no longer his problem.

GunToting[Redacted] April 10, 2012 at 1:07 pm

Remember the Maine!

nounverb911 April 10, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Is that where the Mexicans beat up the Texicans?

Steverino247 April 10, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Yeah. No smoking in the powder magazine!

V572 Hogan Gidley April 10, 2012 at 1:22 pm

It's a pity when Darwinism takes innocent victims and causes wars, isn't it?

Advn2rgirl April 10, 2012 at 1:26 pm

That wasn't Darwin; that was William Randolph Hearst.

V572 Hogan Gidley April 10, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Or Charles Foster Kane.

Steverino247 April 10, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Well, on the bright side, it freed the Cubans from the Spaniards, sold a lot of newspapers, helped TR win the Presidency, ultimately provided thousands of prostitutes for our sailors in Subic Bay and allowed MacArthur to return. Not bad for a stray match in a powder magazine.

LibrulEleet April 10, 2012 at 8:58 pm

I think TR had a lot more help from Leon Czolgosz.

nounverb911 April 10, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Ozzie saying something odd? Nothing new here.

friendlyskies April 10, 2012 at 1:09 pm

That'll teach him to exercise freedom of speech in Florida.

sullivanst April 10, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Not the only thing he'll have to be careful about in Florida.

Oblios_Cap April 10, 2012 at 1:39 pm

The Exile's are more rabid than your normal GOPers.

SoBeach April 10, 2012 at 2:41 pm

I'm pretty sure there's a state law that says you have to angrily spit on the floor any time you say the word "Castro".

Gratuitous World April 10, 2012 at 1:09 pm

When my manager goes to the bullpen, I demand he know the geopolitical vagaries of the carribean that are acceptable to our fanbase.

Chet Kincaid April 10, 2012 at 2:04 pm

That is the job description, in Miami, and part of the reason Ozzie got hired.

Helps to know something about the areas of the world that are supplying a not-insignificant proportion of baseball's talent, also.

Come here a minute April 10, 2012 at 1:09 pm

AND HIS BEARD

V572 Hogan Gidley April 10, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Mr Zimmerman of Hibbing on this topic:

Well, I couldn't leave unless the old man chased me out
'Cause I'd already promised that I'd milk his cows
I had to say something to strike him very weird
So I yelled: "I like Fidel Castro and his beard"
Rita looked offended, but she got out of the way
As he came charging down the stairs Sayin', "What's that I heard you say?"

I said, "I like Fidel Castro! I think you heard me right"
And I ducked as he swung At me with all his might
Rita mumbled something 'Bout her mother on the hill
As his fist hit the icebox He said he's going to kill
me If I don't get out of the door In two seconds flat
"Your unpatriotic Rotten doctor Commie rat".

Which was probably what you were referring to.

HempDogbane April 10, 2012 at 1:26 pm

You don't get music references like this at Powerline, and they're from Mr. Z's home state !

V572 Hogan Gidley April 10, 2012 at 1:30 pm
HempDogbane April 10, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Wow. I can't think of a better internet hole to fall into. Brb.

Barb April 10, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Are we allowed to say we are fans of Fidel's brother, Jeb? Once he learned his brother was stepping down he turned his raft around and went back to Cuba.

Barb April 10, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Baseball has not been berry berry good to Ozzie Guillen.

LesBontemps April 10, 2012 at 1:14 pm

Goddammit, Barb!

Chet Kincaid April 10, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Baseball has been excellent to Ozzie Guillen, it is his goddamned mouth that keeps throwing him under the bus.

miss_grundy April 10, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Thank you, I agree. Saying something nice about Castro can be dangerous to your health and for good reason. Life in Cuba isn't paradise, folks. If you think your neighbors keep an eye on you to talk about you, it is worse in Cuba, 'cause your neighbor belongs to the Commie Watch block and reports your actions to the state. Imagine living like that. And having to watch everything you say. We wouldn't be able to have as much fun as we are having here. Ozzie will have to learn to watch his words unless he wants a Cuban or a Cracker to kick his butt!

LesBontemps April 10, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Beisbol been berry berry bad to him (this week).

Baconzgood April 10, 2012 at 1:12 pm

NEEDZ MOAR MARGE SCHOTT!!!

SorosBot April 10, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Of course if he said something nice about actual war criminals like George Bush and Dick Cheney people would be praising him.

ManchuCandidate April 10, 2012 at 1:12 pm

I feel dumber knowing all parties involved…
MLB-Bud Selig, the dumbass who moved his team from one of the toughest divisions in the MLB to one of the weakest
The Miami Marlins-who lied their asses off to get their bajillion dollar ballpark taxpayer financed and will hopefully (but probably not) be on the end of an SEC pitchforking
Cuban Americanos-who voted the politicians in who got fleeced by the Marlins, but also still love the memory of a tinpot banana dictator who is literally the definition of corruption.
Ozzie Guilen- a crazy ass manager who shoots his mouth off without thinking and his family is even worse (I see you Olney.)

LesBontemps April 10, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Calle Ocho ain't called "Little Havana" for nuthin, yanno.

V572 Hogan Gidley April 10, 2012 at 1:27 pm

My grandfather owned a whorehouse/casino in Habana and I will not rest until that bearded bastard is dead or removed from office! Oh, and I'll also fuck up American politics in unbelievable stupid ways. But my grandpa had a whorehouse! We were important people in the whorehouse community! Attention must be paid!

Chet Kincaid April 10, 2012 at 2:13 pm

The thing with Ozzie's kids is what gets me. He apparently felt/feels they can do no wrong, even when they are shooting their mouths off about shit that is not their business, i.e. anything to do with their father's job and the White Sox. As I recall, it all stems from Kenny Williams' kid getting a nice spot in the Sox farm system, while Ozzie's kid was offered a not-as-nice spot. Neither one of them should have been trying to play baseball for the White Sox, it's just dumb nepotism.

lisawines April 10, 2012 at 1:17 pm

'Tis the season for faux outrage about every fucking single thing. And will just be getting worser n' worser as the prospect of that tri-raced communist marxist Castro-lover (probably, I mean, why not?) Kenyan staying in la casa blanca for four more years makes bow-tie wearing pundits and hello-kitty wearing grandmas heads explode. Time to drag out more Coca-eeen.

OneYieldRegular April 10, 2012 at 1:17 pm

I take it Ozzie Guillen and Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez aren't exactly getting together for mojitos any time soon.

V572 Hogan Gidley April 10, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Remember that movie version of "Miami Vice," where some hottie tells Colin Farrell she knows a perfect place to get a mojito, and they jump in a Cigarette boat and zoom ninety miles across the open ocean to Havana, in an open boat from which they emerge with not one hair out of place? That really ruined the verisimilitude of an otherwise thoughtful and incisive work of cinema.

OneYieldRegular April 10, 2012 at 2:06 pm

In terms of verisimilitude, the 90-mile boat ride and the stiff hair were fine compared to the notion that it's easy to find a perfect mojito in Havana.

Allmighty_Manos April 10, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Hasta La Victoria Siempre!

commiegirl April 10, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Hasta Siempre Comandante! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dr_g23qi9hg

BTWBFDIMHO April 10, 2012 at 8:35 pm

Wow, our editricia is a real commie. Chapeau!
BTW, my wife has a comming up book about being a gringa choreographer in Cuba, stay tuned, bruj@s! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdo6FwAPyng

Texan_Bulldog April 10, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Oh, good lord. My father (who is so white he probably glows in the dark) has said this every time Fidel is mentioned on the news. Is Bud afraid all the 'real' Cubans won't watch anymore? Shit, what else have they got other than Jai alai?

actor212 April 10, 2012 at 1:48 pm

I think Ozzie was smart here.

Young Cubans, the audience he's targeting, are all like "Castro? Who?" and don't give a rat's ass.

The only thing standing between the US and Cuba and normal relations is working out the property rights of people who are still alive who owned land there and want it back.

Fuck 'em, I say. We screwed our Indians, we don't really have a leg to stand on here.

Besides, I love me some Habanas….

HempDogbane April 10, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Fidel Castro is a piranha !

HobbesEvilTwin April 10, 2012 at 1:19 pm

But what does Bill Belichick think about Daniel Ortega?

BaldarTFlagass April 10, 2012 at 1:37 pm

And what is Spurs coach Greg Popović's opinion on Serbian strongman Slobodan Milošević?

BornInATrailer April 10, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Wow. Liam Neeson has gotten fat.

MissTaken April 10, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Baseball and trying to figure out how to kill Castro are America's Two Favorite Pastimes.

ManchuCandidate April 10, 2012 at 1:24 pm

I thought they were hunting and drinking AND learning geography by invading brown people places?

BTWBFDIMHO April 10, 2012 at 8:37 pm

I wish my car runs on Bacardi so we can invade Puerto Rico. No, wait.

Chet Kincaid April 10, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Hello, back there in 1962! America's current Favorite Passtimes are Pro Football bounties and office pools on when we bomb Iran.

LastGasp April 10, 2012 at 1:20 pm

So, our editrix was once plied with cocaine and bartenders just gave her strawberry margaritas — at the same establishment. Quite the life. How did she wind up at Wonkette?

Fare la Volpe April 10, 2012 at 1:23 pm

With a pedigree like that, what took her so long?

WiscDad April 10, 2012 at 1:30 pm

That's HOW she wound up at Wonkette

teebob2000 April 10, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Newsflash — he didn't give a shit about Miami Cubans. He liked your tits.

Mahousu April 10, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Given Castro's (ironcially enough) apparent control problems as a pitcher, Ozzie should have been more measured in his praise.

Chill-A-Sketch April 10, 2012 at 1:22 pm

This is why why can't have nice things, like as Cuban cigars and such…

actor212 April 10, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Psst…go anyplace else in the Caribbean.

I'm holding. You need?

ChernobylSoup April 10, 2012 at 1:23 pm

The grudge against Cuba is about as logical as the one my dog holds against squirrels.

LesBontemps April 10, 2012 at 1:45 pm

In defense of your dog, squirrels are demonstrably evil and spend their days plotting our destruction. (My dog told me.)

LetUsBray April 10, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Squirrels are cute rats.

Chet Kincaid April 10, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Whose grudge? "Ours", or the exiles?

ChernobylSoup April 11, 2012 at 9:09 am

"Ours." Every exile's grudge shall be considered on a case-by-case basis. Third-generation exiles need not apply.

hagajim April 10, 2012 at 1:23 pm

I respect Fidel for having a more consistent position that Mittens.

Fare la Volpe April 10, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Your editrix was once a 27-year-old bleach blonde being plied with cocaine by old Frenchmen

But enough about last night!

Steverino247 April 10, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Then the Salvardorean bartender leaned over and murmured “Miami Cubans are bullshit,” and bought her a strawberry margarita. And then he bought her another.

Sometime the next morning when she left the Salvadorean bartender's apartment, she thought, "Salvadorean bartenders are hot shit!"

Advn2rgirl April 10, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Stupid meanness makes me want a Cuba Libre. (Okay, this time of day, pretty much everything makes me want a cuba libre.)

bureaucrap April 10, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Multiple upfists! And a lime.

miss_grundy April 10, 2012 at 10:07 pm

But since Cuba isn't really libre, what you really want is una mentirita (a little lie). If the bartender worked in Miami, he'll know what you really want.

rickmaci April 10, 2012 at 1:26 pm

"Here we are, protected, free to make our profits without Kefauver, the goddamn Justice Department and the F.B.I. ninety miles away, in partnership with a friendly government. Ninety miles! It's nothing! Just one small step, looking for a man who wants to be President of the United States, and having the cash to make it possible. Michael, we're bigger than U.S. Steel."

Fidel stepped on a lot of very sensitive toes. Still, he is going to die in his own bed. Lord knows how he managed that.

doloras April 10, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Those in the know say he brokered a deal with the Santería spirits who have looked after him, as opposed to Toussaint L'Ouverture, who brokered a deal with the Voudoun spirits who are a bunch of assholes. By "in the know" I mean "occultist kooks", but it's a nice story nonetheless.

KenLayIsAlive April 10, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Fidel stepped on a lot of very sensitive toes. Still, he is going to die in his own bed. Lord knows how he managed that.

cajones grandes, that's how.

MissTaken April 10, 2012 at 1:27 pm

I'm so glad I live in a country where a man who says something that most intelligent people agree with results in a 5 game suspension yet a grown man can shoot and kill an unarmed child goes free with no charges.

America, FUCK YEAH!

bagofmice April 10, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Florida has its own fark tag for a reason.

Chet Kincaid April 10, 2012 at 2:31 pm

I don't know that most intelligent people would say they "love and respect" Castro — maybe express indifference at best.

Callyson April 10, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Then the Salvardorean bartender leaned over and murmured “Miami Cubans are bullshit,” and bought her a strawberry margarita. And then he bought her another.

And then? Come on, this story is *much* more interesting than some baseball player's ramblings about Castro…

Goonemeritus April 10, 2012 at 1:27 pm

To put it perspective Old Cubans are the Daughters of the American Revolution of Florida. Outrage is the only emotion they have left as they relies Castro may indeed outlive all the original refugees.

Gratuitous World April 10, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Miami's Cubans are just standing their ground. RIP Ozzie

LesBontemps April 10, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Clearly they felt threatened; should've just shot him.

WiscDad April 10, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Thank you Editrix. I had no fucking idea what all the hubbub was about (nor cared). I thought some baseball dude was all happy and shit that Castro created a bunch of superhuman baseball droids and sent them to play in Amurcas MLB league and spread Hispanic Communism….and herpes.

BaldarTFlagass April 10, 2012 at 1:30 pm

After the nuclear holocaust, the only things to survive will be the cockroaches and Fidel. ¡Viva la revolución!

DaRooster April 10, 2012 at 1:30 pm

But did he say it in Cuban? I mean that it the real communisticality of it… isn't it?

BaldarTFlagass April 10, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Your move, Hyman Roth.

Radio福井県 April 10, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Fidel keeps dying of that same heart attack for the last 30 years.

Blueb4sunrise April 10, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Can't decide between the advice of Warren Zevon or Al Davis.

Stevola April 10, 2012 at 1:32 pm

What happened after the second margarita?

DahBoner April 11, 2012 at 8:01 am

Dancing on the bar?

DaRooster April 10, 2012 at 1:35 pm

"Your editrix was once a 27-year-old bleach blonde being plied with cocaine by old Frenchmen…"

You should try being plied by some Mendo County bud by a 40 something drummer/vocalist…

b[redact]opple April 10, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Motherfucker. The word is motherfucker.

actor212 April 10, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Like you, Editrix, I wonder what the big deal is all about

Chet Kincaid April 10, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Speaking as a longtime Southside Chicago observer of Ozzie's freewheeling press stylings, I can only say, "goddamn, that was quick!"

Radio福井県 April 10, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Y2K still gives me the heebee jeebee's.

gurukalehuru April 10, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Here's a creative solution to the problem. Guantanamo Bay is in Cuba, right? So, clear it of the political prisoners-one of our bases in Greenland or something should suffice, or just let them go home because nobody cares any more and really, everybody HAS forgotten about 9/11. Then put up a few luxury condos and let all the old codgers on Calle Ocho retire back to their beloved homeland. Maybe add a few casinos and brothels so it'd be just like the old days.
Marco Rubio could be the mayor.

LetUsBray April 10, 2012 at 2:09 pm

But remember, it's the libruls and their Political Correctness that's the danger to free speech.

Chet Kincaid April 10, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Your editrix was once a 27-year-old bleach blonde being plied with cocaine by old Frenchmen in Los Angeles time machine French restaurant Taix, when she started in a-chatting with two sharp-suited Afro-Cubans who in turn immediately started in with how Castro kills you if you don’t vote for him.

Oh yeah, I saw a promo for that show, but it looked like a warmed over chop suey of old "Casino", "Mad Men" and "Godfather Part II" drafts.

SayItWithWookies April 10, 2012 at 2:34 pm

And yet Rick Scott walks free.

imissopus April 10, 2012 at 2:57 pm

I hung out at Taix a few times when I was around 27 (my friend's band used to play there) and no one ever plied me with cocaine or bought me strawberry margaritas. It must be true about blondes having more fun.

Gainsbourg69 April 10, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Thanks for giving the local fascists a reason to get out and fuck up my afternoon commute, Ozzie.

Chet Kincaid April 10, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Being an African-American man, I am blinded with the inability to see anything other than race, so I find all the huffing and puffing of white Cubans in Miami amusing. I don't think there are many black Cubans down there pining for their families' lost hotels and casinos and the paradise of their status under Batista. At the same time, Castro's Cuba gives lip service to racial equality while throwing black people in jail for pointing out racism.
http://www.miamiherald.com/multimedia/news/afrola
http://www.coha.org/revolutionary-racism-in-cuba/

And, as pompous, tricycle-riding but nevertheless insightful Prof Skip Gates has pointed out, this is a blind spot poorly dealt with all over Latin America:
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/black-in-latin-america/

lochnessmonster April 10, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Hey they KNEW who they were hiring when they did it.

glamourdammerung April 10, 2012 at 7:00 pm

So sorry for you Cuban "exiles" that Castro took your slave plantations away. But given that your demographic seems to dislike our country even more than Cuba, I am not quite sure why you all are still here.

voodooeconomics April 10, 2012 at 7:50 pm

The Gusanos have spoken…again..and it is a bad day for that little American book called the Constitution, which the Miami Cubans would like to use it for toilet paper..ingrates. They do seem to favor right wing dictatorships..they do not seem to think there is anything wrong with those.

Gusanos=worms….the name Castro call ALL Cubanos in Miami..lol

BTWBFDIMHO April 10, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Suspended for what? So the First Amendment applies for good dictators like Pinochet, Trujillo, Batista or Videla, but not for the bad ones? I see.

rocktonsam April 10, 2012 at 9:15 pm

Ozzie meant Starlin Castro, helllllllllllllooooooooooooooo!

woodsboyAK April 11, 2012 at 2:32 am

This pathetic story along with some nonsense on NPRs Talk of the Nation about how teachers cant appear ever in a picture with a glass of wine in their hands at a wedding (which appeared on Facebook) because they will get fired or what-not made me think that maybe today was April Fool's Day…was it? Are you sure? I think its April Fool's Day. Yes, Miami Cubans are indeed BULLSHIT.

DahBoner April 11, 2012 at 7:59 am

South Florida Cubans say they hate Commies.

But actually, the only reason they hate Fidel is because he stole tbeir stuff, land, etc.

They LOVED the previous corrupt dictator, who no doubt, held fake elections, just like Fidel.

Miami Cubans DO NOT like to be reminded of this…

ttommyunger April 11, 2012 at 10:06 am

Ya know, if I was making a gazillion fucking dollars a year in baseball, I believe I would restrict my public speaking to baseball, just sayin…

gurukalehuru April 10, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Hosebud

V572 Fehrnstrom April 10, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Awesome site, henghngh?

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